1. SX-70 on Hasselblad 2012

    This is a part of my film photography series, Von Vintage. Which takes a look at the beautiful keepsakes of the past which is sadly slowly finding it’s way into landfill.

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  2. From the film archive, finally scanned 2 years later.

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  3. Shooting still lifes between shoots is my new favourite thing.

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  4. Daylesford, Victoria 2014

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  5. I’m so grateful to be going back to Phoot Camp this year. I’ll be heading to Joshua Tree to be reunited with friends new and old, and I can’t wait to see what photographic goodness we can create.   This was my self portrait application which I couldn’t have done without the help of some good friends.  The idea behind the photo was to accompany my written application, which talked about giving without expectation and referenced a time when fellow Phooter, Ryan Schude stood under an icy cold waterfall, shivering while I took long exposures, all the while saying “I can do another one, I can do another one.”  I wanted to tell the story of trying something over and over in order to make something great.

    I’ve also posted a short video of how I did the jumps.

    You can check out the full set of Phoot Camp 2014 attendee portraits at www.phootcamp.com/phoot-2014

  6. I worked with the singing, songwriting genius that is Scott Spark again on the artwork and promotional photography for his new album Muscle Memory, which was just been released.  Scott has a real knack for not only knowing, but also being able articulate what he wants to see in the photography that goes along side his music and at the same time was able to give me the trust and confidence for me do what I do best.  It’s something I love about working with creative people and I think it shows in the photography and these fun gifs we created with my Nishika 3D camera.

    Here are a few favourites from our shoot together:


  7. 4 years ago, with just 2 days before deadlines closed, I had been sent a link to apply to something life changing called “Phootcamp”. All I really gathered at the time was that it was a photography camp in the woods, with some inspiring / fun / crazy / creative photographers. It sounded perfect and I HAD to apply. I was unable to sleep that night, with ideas rushing through my head about what I was going to do for my self portrait application. The next day, I dropped everything so I could gather what I needed and convinced 3 friends to help me execute my idea. To my amazement, I got in. A month later, I found myself across the ocean, on the top of a hill in Los Angeles making portraits with new friends as the sun set. It was beautiful.

    Well, lucky ducks. Applications to Phoot Camp 2014 have been extended, which leaves just over 2 days to apply! Plenty of time. Drop everything, get thinking and make the most amazing portrait you have ever attempted. www.phootcamp.com/apply

  8. A few words and photographs from my interview with Jonathan Cherry from Mull It Over.


    JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?

    MARK LOBO: I grew up wanting to be a police man, baseball player or comedian. All things that I would have been terrible at!

    JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?

    ML: Passionate people. It’s a bit broad, but meeting new people who love and believe in what they do really inspires me to create great work and love the process.

    JC: What are you up to right now?

    ML: I just got back from visiting family in Tokyo, so at the moment I’m consciously taking things a bit slow while I still can. I’m using the time to plan and gather everything I need for a self-portrait application idea for Phoot Camp 2014 (you know, neck brace, dumbbells, rubber duckies, etc. etc.)

    JC: Have you had mentors along the way?

    ML: I haven’t had anyone that I would officially call a mentor, but I have a group of friends who hold me accountable and help me with the support I need when it comes to making things happen. They are from different backgrounds and live in different cities around the world which I find gives me a fresh perspective and guidance with the obstacles I face and ideas I have.

    JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?

    ML: Melbourne, Australia. It’s cold (by Australian standards), it’s beautiful and the people here get it when it comes to people following their passions. There’s a lot of support and it leaves me constantly inspired and feeling comfortable to create. At the same time, there are so many talented people here that it really drives me to create the best work I can.

    JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?

    ML: There are a few things I’ll often share with new photographers. I usually send them this link. The most important thing would be to know what you want, which I think works on many levels. Knowing what you want to capture and how you want an image to look before even looking through the viewfinder is pretty important. And in the long term, knowing where you want to be 20 years time helps us make sure we stay on track and brings value to the things we do on a daily basis.

    JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?

    ML: I think a plan B would only really happen if I couldn’t physically shoot anymore. I have a tech background and like building things, so I’d most likely be working towards building a web based, photography related business.

    JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?

    ML: Community is so important. Trust, support and good passionate people are what I look for in a community, which has transpired through a group of big-hearted photographers I met through a photographic retreat called Phoot Camp. When you meet someone for the first time, and feel like you’ve known them forever, that’s when you know you’ve found your community. It’s validating and inspiring to meet other people like yourself.


  9. I arrived at Do Lectures a few days early to help out and get a feel for the land. Every morning, I would walk out to the neighbouring paddock and look at this view. This was from my first morning there.

    © Mark Lobo

  10. 7 hours from Melbourne in Victoria’s remote North East is where you’ll find Payne’s Hut, a beautiful getaway for city dwellers and tourists all year round.  Over the long weekend, Payne’s Hut hosted Australia’s first ever Do Lectures, a one of a kind gathering of like minded individuals, ranging from passionate change makers to social entrepreneurs. With just 70 attendees and 20 speakers spending 3 days together, camping and attending talks and workshops, it’s well described as “a microcosmic community that eat, sing, meet, learn but most importantly, get inspired.”  I couldn’t help but draw parallels between Do Lecturers and the “Edgeware" community I was involved with in Brisbane, who even held a conference called "DO Well".  I was fortunate enough to be a part of the DO community and be inspired by some brilliant minds.  

    You can see more of my favourite shots from Do Lectures here:

    marklobo.com.au - Do Lectures